Top Tips For Visiting Ireland & Tracing Your Ancestors

A recent article in the online publication of by writer Catherine Shannon  Ballam covers in great detail how you can get into the nitty gritty of tracing your Irish ancestors while actually visiting Ireland.


Packed with lots of useful information such as the importance of how to understand the actual historic records of civil registrations of births, marriages and deaths. Another and often overlooked important method is to reach out to relatives who may have heard stories from their eldery family members as this source can unearth previously unrecorded locations or names that would otherwise remain lost.

Of course the article also states how the web is now a wonderful resource to help you plan your ancestor search while in Ireland with government records from both the Rep. of Ireland and Northern Ireland now accessible online.

And then when actually in Ireland, the writer covers the importance of local churches and graveyards but also local county libraries as these can hold a wealth of information not as easily accessible at a national level.

So if you are planning your trip to Ireland and really want to make the most of the journey by tracing your Irish roots then read the article in full here:

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The Irish Clan Names On USA Declaration of Independence

The website recently published an insightful article on the names of the Irish men whose signatures featured on USA Declaration of Independence.

With names such as Lynch, Carroll and Taylor the article profiles those of Irish descent who defiantly signed their names on this historic document with the article stating:

“Among the citizens who signed what could have been a death warrant, were at least eight Irish Americans, three born in Ireland.”

This makes for a very interesting read on these figures and the writer, Brendan Patrick Keane proudly & rightly states:

“My love of country, the United States, and of my heritage (Irish) converge in that document because I acknowledge the Irish who risked their lives to sign it.”

Read the article in full here:

Author’s exploration of Irish Roots inspires novels

The renowned author Mary Pat Kelly (who has penned both ‘Galway Bay’ & ‘Of Irish Blood’) explains in a recent interview with The Irish Times newspaper that it was the sceptical attitude of her in-laws that drove her seek out her Irish heritage.

And in the process, she came to realise that her own family background within Ireland could form the basis for a sweeping historical novel called Galway Bay to be followed up by the sequel, Of Irish Blood.

The article gives an insight into what was involved in her delving into her Irish roots culminating in her arrival at her ancestral homestead:

“Finally on a June morning in 2002, with the sun shining bright on Galway Bay, I stood on the strand at Bearna/Freeport, the piece of Ireland that was mine. There had once been a fishing village here where my great-great grandmother Honora Keeley was born in 1822 and where she married Michael Kelly in 1839. The home place.

Honora started talking to me that day and her life and the history of my family became the basis for my historical novel Galway Bay and the sequel, Of Irish Blood.”

Read the article in full here:

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